Mel Eisenstadt and Pauline Bauman were married in Miami Beach, Fla. at the Eden Roc Hotel 50 years ago.
They met in Orlando, when Pauline was in her senior year at the University of Florida and Mel was an engineer for the Martin Company. Mel had already served in Korea as an Air Force officer.
They moved to Tucson, where Mel earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering and Pauline earned a master's degree in social science from the college of education. Mel was then an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California in Santa Barbara, Calif. Their two sons, Todd and Keith, were born in Santa Barbara.
The family then moved to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, where Mel taught engineering at the University of Puerto Rico for three years while Pauline taught English as a second language part-time.
The family moved to Albuquer-que and Mel attended law school at the Uni-versity of New Mexico in 1973. Before graduation, the family moved to Corrales, and has been there since 1975.
Both Pauline and Mel became very involved in the community, and Pauline served in both the New Mexico House of Representatives and the Senate. Pauline chaired legislative committees, served in the leadership, and was an elected member fo the executive committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Pauline is the first woman to serve in both the House and the Senate. Her memoir is scheduled for publication next year.
Mel served as the municipal judge of Corrales for 10 years in addition to practicing law and consulting.
They raised their family in Corrales. Their children and spouses are: Todd Eisenstadt and his wife, Mireya Solis Eisenstadt, who live in Bethesda, Md.; and Keith Eisenstadt, and his wife, Kristy Pilgrim Eisenstadt, who live in Missoula, Mont. They have four grandchildren: Natalia, Paola, Spencer and Holly.
Mel and Pauline Eisenstadt are retired and serving on boards, volunteering in the community and traveling.
Their anniversary celebration is a yearlong affair that began in Florida with Pauline's family in January. It was followed by a trip on the great rivers of Europe, a family reunion in Corrales, and dinners in Albuquerque hosted by friends. The final party will be in Cancun, Mexico in December.